The Binocular Site
Founded in 1905, The National Audubon Society is one of the oldest non-profit environmental organizations in the world. It is named after the celebrated ornithologist John James Audubon, whose famous Birds Of America book first appeared in 1827. Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, with their main focus being on the birds that live in these ecosystems.
Being such a large and well-known organization among the “birding” and “birdwatching” communities, it is no surprise that Audubon offers a range of binoculars. Although they have a reputation of being entry-level binoculars, the Audubon line is very good for its pricing and well suited to both the amateur and seasoned ornithologist.
The line of Audubon binoculars covers everything needed by a nature lover, from mini binoculars for the weekend warrior to rugged premium models for the die hard “twitcher”. Although the range is fairly small with just over 10 models of binoculars to choose from, they do offer a good quality product with fair pricing. Whether you’re just a backyard bird watcher or a hardcore “chaser,” you can't go wrong with the Audubon's binocular selection.
There are a number of ranges in Audubon product line up. If you're a looking for a smaller pair of binoculars, they have the tiny Mini range and the lightweight Compact range. They also have the compact Vector range, which is both waterproof and fog proof. If you are considering a full size binocular, then you have Audubon's premium Equinox HP, the robust Raptor series, and the affordable Intrepid lines. For outdoor adventure they also have an 8X42 Vector model, which is waterproof and fog proof like it's Compact cousin.
Across the full line of Audubon binoculars you will find magnifications of 7X, 8X and 10X, with the smaller models tending to have lower magnification.
With a few choices in most ranges, the objective lenses on Audubon binoculars start at 18mm for the mini binoculars and range up to 42mm the larger models.
Field Of View (F.O.V.):
Dependent on which model of binocular you choose from Audubon, the field of view will fall between 262 – 488 ft. at 1000 yd. Like most binoculars the higher the magnification the narrower the field of view will be.
The range of Audubon binoculars aren’t extensive but they do carry enough to suit the most ardent of nature lovers. This includes compact models, models protected with rubberized coatings, and waterproof models. The binoculars come in both porro and roof prism types, and higher end models have coatings to prevent glare.
In the Audubon series also will also find a monocular and a 15-45X60mm spotting scope.
The great quality and reasonable pricing makes Audubon a great entry-level binocular for the keen amateur or for the seasoned wildlife spotter. With prices listed from $39 to $599.95, these binoculars make a great buy.
There is a limited lifetime warranty, to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the original owner on all Audubon optics.
Popular Audubon Binoculars:
A popular model from Audubon is the 8X42 Vector binoculars. The compact lightweight model lists at $169.00 and has a watertight and dust-proof filled casing. This roof prism model features a rugged design for outdoor enthusiasts and comes with shockproof mounted optics for rugged use out in the field.